I saw this headline and, in my amazement, spit on my computer monitor while trying to retrain my guffawing: Jimmy Carter: President Obama Leaves Too Much to Congress
Carter suggests that Obama should take his ideas directly to the people, then adds that Obama leaves too much to the Legislative Branch. Carter -- yes, Jimmy Carter -- was suggesting that Obama left too much of the actual heavy-lifting, the development of plans and budgets, etc., to Congress.
So Carter thinks Obama should SKIP Congress and offer his ideas straight to the American people. Hey! Now here's a former president who's been paying attention since January 2009, eh? We all know how few PRIME TIME SPEECHES Mr. Obama has given.
At least now we all FINALLY understand why Jimmy Carter, didn't win reelection in 1980. Had nothing to do with 21% inflation, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and Ted Kennedy going up against him to try and take the Democratic nomination, to name a few things.
Q: Is a strong economic plan the key to President Obama securing a second term?
Carter: Well, that's one thing I pretty much ignored to my political sorrow when I was in office—election-year politics and things like that. I think that the best political approach for him even now would be to let the people know that he was bold and knowledgeable and politically courageous in order to put forward things that would result in some decrease in services, including Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, but also increase revenue.
The most gorgeous quote from Carter is this:
President Obama has a policy, which may very well be the right one for now, of letting the Congress evolve multiple bills and then ultimately negotiating to get a final decision, or even no decisions. I think a much stronger approach by the White House would be my own personal belief, as a political philosophy.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2011/09/19/jimmy-carter-president-obama-leaves-too-much-to-congress?google_editors_picks=true
The takeaway to this US News and World Report interview -- to me, at least -- is that even former president Carter is offering reelection advice to Obama. That cannot be a good sign for Obama's 2012 intention of further dividing the nation so that he may retain the highest office in the land.Do you think Obama will back away from being a divider in order to attempt to win in 2012? I don't know about that. After all, he's an election winner, a campaigner. He is not a leader. Remember that. He wants to win -- whatever happens after that isn't his fault. He's shown that so far this time, hasn't he? It's all Bush's fault, or left to Congress.